Like a little ray of sunshine on your finger, citrine brings a smile to our faces!
Citrine belongs to the quartz group of gemstones. Along with amethyst, it is one of the most popular gemstones in the quartz group and is often prized for its excellent transparency.
Appreciation for the crystal goes back to at least 150 BC in ancient Greece and has carried on throughout the ages. They were used in 17th century Scotland as adornments on weapons and heavily utilized in the Art Deco movement.
Citrine owes its color to iron impurities within the quartz at the time of formation. As much as they are a disciple of the Sun, Citrines can fade in color if they are exposed to sunlight for long hours.
While they are considered brittle, scoring a 7 on the Mohs scale, indicates they are fairly scratch resistant and with some extra care make a wonderful stone in jewelry. Citrine is an alternative to Topaz for November babies.